FISH 500 Lecture Schedule

Term 2, 2016/7 Academic Year

Time: 11 am-12 pm
Location: AERL 120

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January 13 Gabriel Reygondeau
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NF-UBC Nereus Program

World nations officially recognized that the planet is under ecological threat due to human activities when they signed the Paris agreement. The increasing overexploitation of resources, combined with the global climate modification, is now hurting our ecosystems, and consequently, the benefits that nature can provide to human well-being.

The principal actor shaping the differences between marine ecosystems is biodiversity, i.e. the amount of species that can occur in an ecosystem. Biodiversity defines the structure and the dynamic of a system, since each species plays a different role. However, the large volume of the world’s oceans, and the limitations of conducting a global survey make it difficult to accurately define, and thus past marine studies have focused on studying the most commonly exploited species of fish, crabs, oyster, or iconic species like mammals. The lack of knowledge on species composition skews our understanding of how marine ecosystems function and, more importantly, how they respond to response to human interference.

The Nippon Foundation - UBC Nereus Program has combined international surveys and museum collections to accumulate a global collection of all existing and available scientific information on marine biodiversity. The Project has assembled a global multi-taxonomic dataset of 51 million records for 103,000 extant marine species, ranging from phytoplankton to marine mammals. This is used to examine known macro-ecological patterns and study marine biodiversity global characteristics. The use of numerical tools (environmental niche model, ENM) has also allowed us to project potential present and future distribution change, according to climate scenarios. These results could be of great interest in our understanding the linkages between marine biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services, and environmental changes to effectively support an ecosystem approach.
As a member of the Nereus Program, Gabriel Reygondeau's research focuses on the theme of The effects of climate changes and anthropogenic activities on the biogeography of the global ocean. His current research interests are on 3 topics: (1) Relations between marine organisms (from plankton to top predator), biodiversity and environmental conditions at the global scale; (2) Identification and monitoring of global marine ecosystems, and (3) Evaluation of the impact of anthropogenic pressures on the global marine ecosystems.



January 20 Martha Mendoza
Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist, Associated Press
January 27
February 3
February 10
February 17 Daniel Pauly and Dirk Zeller
University Killam Professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and Principal Investigator, Sea Around Us; and Executive Director, Sea Around Us, and Research Associate, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries
February 24 READING WEEK – UBC closed
March 3 Malin Pinsky
Assistant Professor, Pinsky Lab, Rutgers University
March 10
March 17 Brett Van Poorten
Adjunct Professor; Applied Freshwater Ecology Research Unit, BC Ministry of Environment
March 24
March 31


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September 16 Oai Li Chen
Research Associate, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Modeling and projecting the seafood supply and demand in the United States: a closer look at the future supply of the U.S. farmed raised catfish under alternative scenarios
September 23 Maria Byrne
Professor, University of Sydney
Responses of echinoderm life stages to warming and acidification: a multistressor perspective
September 30 Evgeny Pakhomov
Professor, IOF & Department of EOAS
Ecological importance of Antarctic pelagic tunicates: new insights into their life cycle and implications for the Southern Ocean biological pump
October 7 Kim Bernard
Oregon State University
The Role of Phytoplankton in the Winter Diet of Antarctic Krill
October 14 André Frainer
Post-doctoral researcher, Norwegian College of Fishery Science, University of Tromsø
Climate warming and the functional composition of fish communities in the Barents sea
October 21 Charles Menzies
Professor, Department of Anthropology and IOF
People of the Saltwater: Lessons for fisheries and oceans science
October 28 Murdoch McAllister
Associate Professor, IOF; and Canada Research Chair in Fisheries Assessment
Use of models of intermediate complexity (MICE) to quantify trophic and fishery dynamics and identify triggers of recent population declines in Kootenay Lake’s trophy trout fishery
November 4 William Cheung
Associate Professor, IOF; and Director (Science), NF-Nereus Project
Meeting the Paris Agreement: Implications for marine fisheries
November 11 REMEMBRANCE DAY - UBC closed
November 18 Mimi Lam
Research Associate; Policy & Ecosystem Restoration in Fisheries
Straddling the Science-Policy Interface with Values in the Haida Gwaii Herring Fishery
November 25 Juan Jose Alava
MITAC postdoctoral fellow, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and Vancouver Aquarium
Exploring the Impact of Climate Change on the Bioaccumulation of Chemical Pollutants in a Marine Food Web from the Northeastern Pacific: An EwE model approach